Laura Savage  -  The Edibles Sector - Labour and Education 2014 onwards

I live in Warwickshire with my husband Adam and two dogs Harry and Oliver. I am originally from Wales and moved to Warwickshire in 1998 to study Equine Business Management at Warwickshire College, graduating in 2002. I currently coach Netball and have also played Netball for Leamington in the National League. I am involved in a small Welsh Cob stud at home in Wales, and have up until very recently, due to my horse retiring, completed in Affiliated Dressage and Showing.

I worked at Warwickshire College for 10 years in a Business Development Role for the Land Based Industries. From the employers I met in this role it steered me towards discovering a specific interest in the Horticulture and Agriculture sector. I was amazed just how many opportunities these industries have to offer people as a career path. During my time there I worked with numerous employers, discussing their business needs and designing training programmes to meet them. These ranged from small “one man bands” through to large national companies and during this time I set up the first national Horticulture Apprenticeship programme for The Garden Centre Group.

I have been working in the Agricultural recruitment industry for nearly two years, currently working for Staffline Agriculture as Agricultural Development Manager. Staffline and my sponsor the Horticultural Development Company couldn’t have been more supportive and will both benefit from my area of study. I am extremely pleased to have been given the opportunity to be a Nuffield 2014 scholar and am really looking forward to beginning the journey!